Knowing the Signs of Ovulation to Help You Get Pregnant
Getting pregnant can sometimes be a task. Nobody wants that. While some think that you can get pregnant during any time of the month that’s actually not the case. A woman is most fertile for only about 5-7 days throughout their entire cycle, which means that knowing when you ovulate is key to predicting the best time to do the deed so to speak to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant. Knowing the different signs of ovulation and how to track them is something that is essential if you are having a hard time figuring it out.
Just as a disclaimer, not everyone has these symptoms, some women only experience one of them and some experience none of them. It doesn’t mean you’re flawed in the least. It just means that your body reacts differently to the hormones that are created and you just don’t see it. But if you are one of the lucky ones that does experience some of these signs, they can help you plan for a date night.
Signs of Ovulation
Changes in Cervical Mucus: If you’ve been on a baby board you know that there are more abbreviations than you can count. One of them is EWCM, which stands for egg white cervical mucus. This is one of the most noticeable signs of ovulation that occurs right before you ovulate when you are the most fertile. It’s given this moniker because well it resemble uncooked egg yolk in both color and consistency. If you notice this then you are just about to or are ovulating.
Increased Sex Drive: Makes sense, you are trying to get pregnant, your body is literally ready for it, so it lets you know. If you noticed the heightened need to have some alone time with your significant other, make that time and take it. It’s your body’s way of telling you it’s ready.
Increased sense of smell: Again, your body trying to tell you something. If you start to notice smells stronger, especially that of your partner, it may be trying to tell you something. Apparently your body is helping you to notice the male pheromones better and more readily so that you are more ready for him (see above sex drive).
Abdominal bloating or pain in one side of the abdomen: Some are highly sensitive to their bodies and can actually feel ovulation happening. That’s where the pain comes in that can last for a few minutes to a few hours, but only on one side (different side generally each time). Plus this could be associated with mild spotting as well, which is not common but also normal.
Increased basal body temperature: This one isn’t so easy to discern and needs a special thermometer as well as a very Type A personality. The temperature must be taken at the same time every day, before really doing almost anything. But if you are willing to do this, you might be able to track it.
If you can’t track your symptoms, try getting a pack of fertility/ovulation tests from the store. It can make your life a lot easier. Also invest in (a free one is perfect) an app that tracks your periods and symptoms and can make recording what is going on easier. Then you can find the perfect time to try and have the baby you are dreaming of.